Showcasing sustainable souvenirs, stationery and accessories made from my artwork happens throughout the year but kicks off in January and this year in Paris. It's a short flight from my home in Devon, England and so I flew over the Channel to meet and greet customers from around the world and team up with Louisa, the international accounts manager at my British licenseeJudge Sampson. Here we are infront of my new, large scale world map, which we launched at the show!
It's wonderful to meet up with customers and talk about new projects and how we can grow our business together. Ines, our Portuguese distributor from Lisbon and I are discussing how we can take my super, little Sintra design forward onto more sustainable souvenirs.
It's not all work. I also get time to explore Paris and shop :-). I love the beautiful, big dome of Galeries Lafayette ... like a cathedral of the modern age to worshipers of fashion!
In contrast I adore the beautiful, artisan food shops such as this gorgeous chocalaterie in Le Marais. Nobody does shop windows better than the Parisiens!
And the same goes for cafe-bar culture. I love calling in to the traditional zinc bars that seem to be on most street corners, particularly in Montmartre. My favourite is Le Village on Rue Abbesse followed by Cafe de 2 Moulins on Rue Lepic, which was made famous in the film "Amelie". Here I am at les 2 Moulins getting to know a rather gorgeous garcon.
As I go about my day in Paris I love to come across my work in shops around the city. My work is sold byLa Chaise Longue gift shops amongst others and the Arc D-Triomphe.
As such, myParisart print celebrates this iconic landmark amongst other favourites including the Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, Louvre and of course its star ... the Eiffel Tower :-)
This weekend we celebrated St George's Day in England. It's a day which for many, including myself, passes unnoticed, squished between Easter and the next public holiday in the first week of May, which naturally gathers more attention. The complex, rich cultural heritage of England continues to evolve and with that, so does my art ...
It is inconceivable for me to continue to discover and draw places around the world without being affected by the invasion of Ukraine and catastrophic consequences of Russia’s act of aggression against one of its neighbours.
With Mother's Day fast approaching, it is time to find a gift that is meaningful and something she's not already got! A personalised art print of a location your Mum holds close to her heart makes awonderful gift, as well as being a unique record of her life's journey.